There was a post recently that covered clerkships. Out of it came some links, most interesting to me was this one, which shows that from 1991-2001 Chicago was fourth behind HYS with 50 Supreme Court clerkships, while NYU had 9 (my intended, UVA, had 15). The SCOTUS clerkship is the most prestigious and usually comes after doing a lower level federal clerkship, so I guess those Chicagans must do a lot of clerking.http://www.utexas.edu/law/faculty/bleiter/rankings02/clerkships.html
The post: http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/prelaw/index.php/topic,33959.msg547251/topicseen.html#msg547251
I guess the size at Chicago sounds good. I would pick NYU, but that's for my own reasons (I didn't even apply to schools in Chicago).
I have a question for you though--did NYU take until this week to get back to you, or did you get in off the waitlist? If you got in off the waitlist, would you mind sharing your GPA/LSAT and anything you did to express interest?